The LA Angels have finally had consistent play from their left fielders this season. Ben Revere and Cameron Maybin have combined to give Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun a solid third piece to the outfield. However, things are about to get crazy.
The LA Angels were extremely quiet over the course of the trade deadline. After only trading David Hernandez to the Diamondbacks for a mid-level prospect, the Angels and their fan base were still stuck in baseball purgatory. However, the Angels are all-in on the season, and have acquired Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers.
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Upton has had a solid season for the disappointing Tigers. At age 29, Upton is making the most of his prime years. He has hit 28 big flies this year, on top of a .279 batting average and 94 RBI’s. He is under contract until 2022, and is still owed 88.5 million dollars. If the Angels make the deal, the Tigers will more than likely have to pay part of that contract.
The move comes after the Angels were reportedly looking to be active on the waiver-trade market. General manager Billy Eppler had yet to make a splash move while with the Angels, and this definitely counts in that category.
Upton has found success against both left-handed and right-handed pitching this season. He would fill in for the Halos as their every day left fielder or serve as their designated hitter.
Upton is also coming off a great August where he hit .275 while sending 11 balls out of the park. This is not the first time the Angels and Upton have been connected, as they were among the teams interest in him when he hit free agency after the 2015 season.
With Upton owning an opt-out clause, the Angels did not have to part with any of their top tier prospects. They sent prospect Grayson Long to the Tigers in the deal. Long, the Halos #6 prospect, has put together a solid season across AA and A+ this season, owning an 8-8 record and a 2.69 ERA.
The Angels are in the midst of an extremely tight playoff race. Adding Justin Upton into the mix gives them a big edge, and gives the world a better chance of seeing Mike Trout in October, which is a gift to everyone.